How I almost made a brick
My 2 cents..
I was using ICSSGS from 1st RC. But it becomes very laggy after 3-4 weeks, so factory reset every month was necessary. I decided to change ROM.
I installed DOC's v12 ( I assume is is the same Doc that was cooking ROMs for my Omnia, and I was werry pleased with those ROMs). Did wipe, cleaned cache, cleaned Dalvik, formatted /system, flashed ROM, wipe again and it was working. But after two days it was still very laggy (talking about waiting for response for 3-5 seconds) so I wanted something faster. I had choose this Openkang milestone 6.
And then the fun begins.
Downloaded, copied to sd, booted to CWM, all wipes, flashed ROM, flashed gapps and went to bootloop. 3 button combo worked only for download mode, not for entering CWM. There was no way I could access CWM. I even could not enter Android boot (don't know exactly how it is called, but it saved my TF101 more than once.)
So after 1/2 hour of unsuccessful trying to get to CWM, phone just shows logo for icyglitch kernel and went to boot again, I have seen that only option to do anything was Odin. I downloaded Odin, downloaded some 2.3.6 ROM and downloaded CWM for that rom.
First I had to find driver for phone. I remembered phone on ICS wants nexus drivers so I installed those, booted phone to download mode and flashed 2.3.6 rom with Odin.
Phone booted, boot animation was on screen, but it did not boot to working Android. I didn't care too much, just booted to download mode again, flashed CWM and now I had at least access to my sd card. Did all wipes again, flashed DOC again and went to bootloop (Icyglitch kernel logo) again.
So I repeated Odin procedure, and when I had working CWM I flashed good old ICSSGS 4.02. This one worked.
I had spent 4 hours to solve this problem mostly because I was not full prepared to flash.
-I had no working USB driver on PC
-I did not had Odin
-I do not have ADB installed. Even if I had it, I don't know much how to use it.
-I did not have any working 2.3.6 ROM WITH bootloader
-Nandroid backup... hmmmm... what is that? Bah, don't need it...
Luckily I flashed my phone so many times I already roughly know what to do, but I still have experienced my share of "OMGOMGOMGOMG".
My advice to new and seasoned flashers:
Don't be cocky. After million of successful flashes once will go wrong. If nothing else Murphy will kick in. And when something goes wrong, be sure that all that you need to rescue phone is on your HDD and you know WHERE it is and how to use it. And read guides. And when you finish reading read them again, then go to sleep and flash next day.
Now I'm even more satisfied with myself because I do not flash other people's phones. If it happens that I create a 400€ brick, it will be at least mine.
If this helps anyone to restore phone, click Thanks button
Proud member of "OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG" club.
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